Month: January 2016

What to Watch: 01/04/2016

Today, the Clicking chefs have for you a documentary about a turning point in hip-hop, the (sorta) debut of a promising show with an impressive cast led by America Ferrera, and a marathon of one of the best shows of the past decade on an odd location…

The Breaks [VH1, 9p]
Yay, we get to visit 1990 again! Relive the fashion, music and passion of one of the most pivotal years in hip-hop as Dan Charnas’ book The Big Payback comes to life. The movie chronicles the journey of three friends trying to make their mark on the industry and all the obstacles that come with it. Fingers crossed that this becomes a series after the premiere, which is a possibility.

Superstore [NBC, 8p]
Ben Feldman, handsome, charming, is the least fun part of this admittedly mediocre comedy. Problems arise when his co-workers find a mannequin that’s as good looking as he is. That’s a lot of good looking-ness at one time on my tiny TV.

Parks and Recreation Marathon [Esquire, start at 10:30p]
I actually heartily second both Navani and Katherine’s choices — 1990 was a fascinating crossroads for hip-hop and Superstore’s first three episodes bode well. However, if you are one of those people who dismissed Parks & Rec b/c of poor early episodes, or just want to relive the glory that was all-things-Knope, Esquire is showing a ton of them in order, so jump in at breakthrough episode, the first season finale “Rock Show,” and the debut of Andy Dwyer’s post-grunge classic “The Pit.”


What to Watch: 01/03/2016

The 2016 half of the 2015-16 season starts in earnest today and our editors have sorted through the evening’s telly and our favorites are two classics and one potential new classic.

The Simpsons [FOX, 8p]
In tonight’s subplot Lisa Simpson, Animated American Hero, develops an app that “captures the consequences” of one’s social media activity. Lisa is so smart, why isn’t she real, why?

Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life [FOX, 8:30p]
Because I never tire of coming-of-age sitcoms around twenty-somethings navigating life, especially when there is a POC lead.

Downton Abbey [PBS, 9p]
One last trip back to Downton starts tonight. It’s 1925 and everyone who’s survived so far finds some part of their fate up in arms and Fellows has promised resolution this year — Brits know, but they ain’t spoilin’.

What to Watch: 01/02/2016

The second day into 2016, we’re gearing up for a return to regularity in programs but not quite there. Some of tonight’s best options include a musical medieval marathon, a chronicling of the life of the Evel that was Kneivel, and Matt McC in his romantic movie poster leaning days…

Galavant Marathon [NBC, 8 p]
Galavant never lived up to its promise, but indulging in a marathon of this little-seen show won’t hurt.

Being Evel [History, 9p]
The life of a truly American superstar is examined with clips from his stunts, interviews with the daredevil himself, his shadow-following son, and actor George Hamilton who biopic’d him in the 1970s.

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days [Bravo, 8p]
I’m obsessed with rom-coms that feature women writer protagonists, especially ones that somehow have a baller apartment in New York City. Move over Matthew David McConaughey, I just want to know how she affords a doorman building.

What to Watch: 01/01/2016

Young rappers’ dreams, NCAA Football’s longest day, and one last helping of shameless and glittery Christmas cheer are on the brunch table for the first day of 2015.

A Christmas Melody [Hallmark, 8p]
Mariah Carey stars (as but a minor character) in this schmaltzy film about a mom and her daughter desperately trying to fit in after returning to their hometown.

The Rap Game [Lifetime, 10p]
Five kids (ages 12-16) are hand-picked by Jermaine Dupri to compete in a hip-hop bootcamp in hopes of winning a record deal with SoSo Def. Oh yeah, did I mention three of the contestants are female? I’m in.

Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl [ESPN, 2p]
It’s a lazy, predictable choice for the holiday — while I’m not particularly a college football fan, it’s a jubilant day of timeless bowl games featuring some of the greatest all time programs — and Iowa. And after the year of sports heartaches that is the existence of most fans (i.e. fans of 118 out of 122 big four major league sports teams don’t taste the championship), it’s nice to just watch for the sake of watching sometimes.